Sun and Ultraviolet Rays

Staying in the sun can be a lot of fun on a hot day. However, staying in the sun too long can be bad for our bodies. Overexposure to sun can cause:

  • Cancer (after many years of exposure)
  • Skin to become wrinkled and rough
  • Eye problems like cataracts

When is the sun harmful?

  • The sun’s rays can reach the ground even when it’s not sunny outside
  • The sun’s rays can penetrate the clouds even when it is raining or snowing.
  • The rays of the sun are strongest from 10am – 4pm no matter what the weather is.

What can I do to protect myself from the effects of the sun?

  • Don’t spend a lot of time in the sun, especially between 10am — 4pm.
  • Use clothes that protect your body, like long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Use hats and sunglasses with ultraviolet protection (usually they have a “UV” label).
  • Use sunblock and chapstick with SPF of 15 or greater. Put sunblock on 30 minutes before going out in the sun.
  • Re-apply sunscreen often throughout the day and after swimming.

For more information about how to protect yourself from the sun, visit the following websites:

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